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If you're coming into production artist work from another corporate environment, it's possible that you've never used a Mac computer. If you're fresh from design school, you may be great with Macs but less than sharp with PCs.
Both platforms have done a great deal to move closer together in recent years, but design is one of the industries in which the Mac reigns supreme.
Both Macs and PCs are capable of performing high-end design work, so if you're setting up your own freelance shop, you should buy whichever one you're most comfortable using. As an in-house freelancer, though, you definitely have an advantage if you can handle both platforms with ease.
One of the most helpful qualifications of a web designer is the ability to create platform-specific design. Imagine how in demand you will be with the ability to design iPhone-friendly applications. Just as with the ability to customize content management system templates and graphics, freelance web designer jobs that require specific knowledge of iPhone-compatible design can be plentiful, but they require specific expertise. As more companies recognize the importance of mobile technology, and creating web-based media to cater to mobile users in new ways, freelance opportunities are available for those who have the know-how.
If you already have skills in this area, consider doing a few small projects and see how you like it. Can you build a 100% mobile-friendly WordPress template? Create a new app for use with an iPhone? You can do it as a hobby as you continue your journey through web design until you feel ready to market those skills to an ever-expanding list of clients. The iPhone isn't the only platform-specific opportunity for freelance web designer jobs, there are plenty of other platform-specific needs. Choose one you are familiar with and start from there.